Jacobsen Dark Lager
Carlsberg Danmark A/S

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Munich Dunkel Lager
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3.56 | pDev: 10.96%
Carlsberg Danmark A/S
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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 79
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

75cl Bottle: best before 25th May 2012, poured into three pilsner glasses on 10th march 2012.

Three thin white heads sit on top of a reddy/browny amber body which is almost clear and bright, but not quite.

Sweet molasses in the nose; caramel with some fruit and nut chocolate added for good measure.

Easy drinking, maltier and sweeter than most dark lagers.

Not thick not thin: about right for a lager based beer.

Not bad at all, pleasant without being great. Flatters to decieve a bit.

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Photo of benfons
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: dark amber colour, light haze, little head

S: caramel, malts, pineapple and lychee, hint of hops at the end

T: burned caramel upfront, some red fruits and hops and malts at the end, bitterness lingers on for a while

M: on the thin side, under-carbonated

O: It's the first one of this style I've tried, and it calls for more trials. Decent beer a little bit reminiscent of scotch ales.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - a reddish caramel pour. A light, off-white head is conservative but maintains a thin cover.

Aroma - a light caramel roast on the smell. Not much beyond that, but decent.

Taste - slightly sweet caramel, a touch of butter as well. Little if any hop bite, perhaps just a touch of balance on the aftertaste. A little light on flavor but it's okay.

Mouthfeel - fairly average body and carbonation.

Drinkability - not bad, but I like the Saaz blonde better, although they both sport cool looking bottles.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

Carlsberg digs deep by brewing this beer from a recipe from the 1800's. They add brewing salts to match the water profile to a blend of Munich malt and English floor-kilned malt.

Hazy dark amber color has no shine. We would have expected this beer to be a bit clearer. A solid two fingers of head stays for the duration and sticks to the glass in patches. Rich caramel malt aroma--on the sweet side--with a spicy herbal hop to balance. Firm smoothness with a fluffy, crisp bite. Medium body shows that this beer has more than just a little substance. Big mouthful of caramel malt is quickly followed by a bready toasted grain and a snap of hop bitterness. Suggestions of taffy and mineral in the middle. Spicy herbal flavors from the hops drag out in the drying finish.

Jacobsen ODL just goes to show that old school Lagers have actual flavor. It makes you wonder why more breweries around the world are not brewing malt bombs like this. Apart from the murky appearance, this is a great beer. Go towards meaty seafood like grilled lobster tail or pan-seared scallops with a side of mushroom risotto.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle without any noticeable dating, poured into a pilsener glass.

A- A moderate pour left a 1-1/2 finger, foamy, khaki head that drops to a thin film. The body is a red-brown (chestnut maybe?), with moderate to light carbonation. There are lots of nice rings and webbing left on the glass.

S- Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness with a little berry to sweeten things even more. Subtle grassy hops bring things a little closer to balance.

T- Caramel sweetness almost becomes molasses. There's a cherry-like tartness and a little grassy to spicy hopping in the end. The more I drank, the more I picked up on the spicy notes.

M- Clean, but viscus with light carbonation. It's a little lingering, no doubt helped out by the overall sweetness. There's the slightest of hop bite at the finish.

D- It's a pretty good drinker. It's more "no frills" than lacking. It's very easy on the pocket book. At $2.99 for a 750 ML, I'd definitely drink it again. (similar to the "saaz blonde" in that respect, more than expected at the price).

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Photo of oldirtdog
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - caramel in color... slightly lighter in color than expected... I really expected something more like a stout than the brown/red I was greeted with...

S - not overwhelming of alcohol, but definitely a good smell... hard to place, but not something I wouldn't mind smelling again...

T - taste is a bit strange... hit me as a bit skunky at first, but with temperature, it got better... my bottle sat in my fridge for a while, so the sediment may have flavored my first sip... I was pleasently surprised at how easy it was to drink...

M - clean, really, like a lager should be... however, it doesn't coat the mouth at all... crisp

D - VERY drinkable... I like Carlsberg in general, but this one is a bit special...

All in all, this is a good, drinkable beer... neat bottle, will definitely rebottle with a nice homebrew... actually, the bottle is what prompted the purchase... definitely recommended...

Drank this one during the 2 hour Lost finale :)

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle:

Pours orangeish amber with a thin bubbly white head. Trailing lacing sticks.

The smell is of caramel, toffee, nougat with slight fruit (lime and date/fig).

The taste is sweet - caramel. There is a tart fruit touch and a floral touch that puts the finish at bittersweeet. Alcohol shows a bit more than expected for 5.80%.

It has a rather syrupy feel, though not thick, and just hitting medium-bodied. For a lager and overall character, it could use another bubble or so to give it some more creaminess. Still, it is adequate, and the flavor does hang on in a long aftertaste.

A nice dark, that is not too dark, but is caramelly, with dark-ish fruitiness and does have a nice balancing hop touch. Glad to have bought it once, but, to be honest, doubt I would get it again for the price.

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Photo of crossovert
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml neat looking capped bottle. It is a Carlsberg product so I will be weary but it looks promising.

It pours a murky red/brown with a small off-white head.

It smells quite on for the style, it is lightly sugary, caramally, and grainy, with a hint of chocolate. No sign of hops, but this is spot on for the style actually.

It is rich and full bodied with the exact smells translating into the flavor with a bit more bitter roasty character. It is surprisingly good, though not as supremely drinkable as the Bavarain examples.

This one surprised me big time, the Saaz blonde is a bit more expensive but I am willing to try it.

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Photo of atis
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper with large and brownish creamy head that decreases to thick half finger layer that lasts till the end of the glass, sticky patchy lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malt, molasses perhaps.

Taste is clean bready malt, caramel and nuts, hints of toasted with very long lasting dryish and light syrupy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not too bad, I liked it, nothing extraordinary, but well made dark lager, maybe it had too much of syrupy feel to it.

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Photo of Grunewald
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass. It is reddish brown with a vanishing white head.

S - strong pomegranate with honey, nectarine and prune details

T - pomegranate, molasses and liquorice

M - low carbonation and somewhat syrupy/viscous

D - nice fruit flavors but has too much of a syrupy taste and feel

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Photo of CHickman
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

very good and smooth beer; it's a malty, smoky beer with a toffee or caramel finish, and a hint of nut in the mix with an overall sweetness to it. Can't pinpoint what fruit adds to the sweetness, but the overall combination of ingredients in this beer make it quite enjoyable.

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Photo of JOaikido
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 ml brown bottle. Best before 2009/05/31.

A- Amber with ruby highlights. Nice off-white head and good effervescence.

S- Sweet caramel malt. Touch of mild hops. Slight vegetable aroma.

T- Very little hops and so very little bitterness. Mild maltiness that is OK but there is a touch of vegetable flavour I don't like. Some alcohol noticeable.

MF- A little watery. Smooth.

D- Thirst quenching, especially because of mouthfeel. Goes down easily. A little too ordinary with a few things a little off. Not bad, but overpriced.

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Photo of CityBoy1986
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 750 ml bottle.

The pour is a dark amber with a decent off-white head. The head is gone quickly, and there is a little lacing.

The nose contains toffee, bread, sweet fruit and some grassiness. The taste is buttery, bready and sweet (helped by the use of glucose syrup). A mild bitterness is present on the finish.

Mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. Drinkability suffers because of the sweetness; it's hard for me to drink 750 ml.

Overall, I am glad I tried it (and at a lower price than the $7.99 I saw in one store!), but I am unlikely to buy it again.

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Photo of soupermirl
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

At first sight in the glass, it almost looks like a belgian, but in fact it is a great tasting, sweet lager. Reminds me of a Chimay, but is only 5.8 by vol. color was somewhat red, and taste of an almost belgian beer. Smelled a bit like Chimay. Again, only 5.8%. Very good to share with friends. A very good beer for Carlsberg. Let's get these in Mississippi.

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Photo of Graham5161986
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer pours a clear, reddish brown colour with a two finger light tan head. Retention is decent and the beer leaves some nice lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel malts and a good amount of grassy hops in the background. Some breadiness to it - perhaps a slight touch of fruit behind it all as well. Taste is nutty with caramel notes throughout. Some definite fruit (plum, cherry) flavours as well with a finish that is on the sweeter side. Mouthfeel is creamy but not heavy without a ton of carbonation but enough to give a light spice kick on the linger. Overall, this is a decent beer that offers a pretty wide range of flavours. On the other hand, it is too sweet for my liking, making finishing off a whole 750ml bottle of it quite a challenge. On that note, I don't think I'd rush back to it.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It tastes a little like the dark lagers of Primator with a sweetish taste to the finish. I do find this quite drinkable ( keep it on the cold side). There is quite a caramel not to the nose and the intial taste. I liked the full mouthfeel and the nice malt backbone. Nice to see some winter offerings from the big Euro brewers ( maybe some Grolsch bock or Carlsberg Porter would be good)

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Photo of MisterClean
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared with me at a homebrew day

A - Dark amber pour with little off-white head, but stays around.

S - Buttery, honey and nectar. This bottle may be slightly diacetyl.

T - Definite diacetyl. Very buttery, with honey, nectar, and spicy hops.

M - Buttery if not syrupy, and lots of diacetyl. Aside from that, very good balance.

D - A little too diacetic, but otherwise drinkable.

D -

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Photo of BDTyre
2.46/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh boy...I picked this up hoping it would be more like a schwarzbier. After opening the bottle (and having a piece of the top shear off!), I noticed "glucose syrup" on the ingredients....

Very ruby in appearance, almost like a red ale or even a brown ale. Decent, quick settling head. Sickly sweet malt, caramel and syrup smell.

Overly malted taste and you can really taste the glucose syrup. Sadly, I can't pick up much else. Very smooth - likely due to the syrup. I might have not minded a 12oz bottle, but when I have a 28oz bottle, it gets too warm, too sweet and might best be used for fly bait.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. This Munich styled Dunkel lager pours a dark warmed mud color and presents a frothy head that reduces to a lingering lacing. The beer has earthy flavoring within it of figs, some caramel and a charcol flavor. Overall a better one of the beers the Jacobsen presents so far tried.

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Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jacobsen Dark Lager pours an orange/copper color with a tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is malty with fruity accents (cherry especially comes to mind). The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I would have expected, but I'm not disappointed by that. The flavor is also kind of fruity, cherry still stands out, perhaps grape also as the beer warms. The finish is malty with a bit of chocolate flavor. Better than I expected, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly not the best Dunkel I've ever had, but I will say it is robust! The munich malt in this beer is just crazy! Normally the German versions cut the munich with some pils but that doesn't seem to be the case here. Just nice, grainy munich malt kicking off all sorts of great flavors. Prunes, dates, plums, ect all there with a nice kick of grape cough syrup. The beer is quite sweet. Wow. Doppelbocks at least have some alcohol to cut the sugary sweetness but this beer doesn't roll that way.

A good brew. I'd recommend it to a malt lover who just wanted a nice beer without all the alcohol normally found in the maltier styles. It is heavy for a Dunkel, but it is nice and tasty.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This is a Munich (Germany) style Dunkel lager. It pours a burnt orange color, almost amber, with a frothy head. It has a nice lace but that disperses quickly. Fig, caramel and hints of iron. Chewy, creamy and malty. Lightly carbonated which makes it smooth but it's too sweet, especially on the nose.

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Photo of wschumac
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a warstiener flute from a 750 ml bottle.

A - a reddish-brown color with nice tan head but dissipated quickly.
S - Dark sweet malt prescence but no other aromas.
T -Taste is sweet, where is the hops?
M - light in the mouth coloring expects more prescence
D - May be too sweet with no other flavoring

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Photo of albern
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice dark lager from a large European brew house. It pours a tawny and ruby color, fairly cloudy, with a tannish head that hangs around for a bit and does lace.

The aroma is sweet malts, some sourish malty notes, perhaps some toasted notes as well. The aroma is not particularly defined one way or another. The taste is very nice, but definitely sweet. This reminds me of a bock beer, just slightly more spicy, more interesting, and more hoppy. This is not a hoppy beer by any stretch, in fact the sweet, toasted, dark malts pretty much overwhelm everything else. There is a strong caramel and butterscotch flavor to this beer, there is a slightly metallic flavor as well in the mid section. This segues a bit into more of a sourish finish, maybe a tad spicy. There is a hint of cocoa or chocolate, but this is around the periphery.

The mouthfeel is sweet caramel malts, slightly sourish and metallic yeastiness. This is a light to medium bodied beer, that is just a bit creamy. The aftertaste is mild. This is a refreshing beer and worth seeking out.

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Photo of meatyard
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Short lived, light tan head that falls off quickly. A very hazy brownish orange.
Smell is quite mild, maybe a little fig and malt.
Taste is all malt,
Mouthfeel is nearly thin.
Drinkability is pretty good.

There's nothing very special about this beer but since it is a lager you'd expect more sublty than most ales. It fits some of the style profile but not all.

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